These programs in New York City offer certification for public school teachers. The requirements we list here were accurate when we last checked, but these kinds of details change and it’s best to contact any institution you may be interested in directly to find out about the latest information about their particular requirements and deadlines.
Keep in mind that New York City government funds New York City Teaching Fellows, a program whose many benefits include tuition for promising teachers who wish to get certified and get accepted to this program. This is a great way to reduce the financial burden of certification as well as to build a community of fellow teachers committed to good public education.
Adelphi University offers an M.A. in English Education in primary and adolescent programs. It requires 30 credits in college-level English courses with no lower than a B in any course.
Bankstreet College of Education offers and M.A. in Early Childhood or Childhood Education and an M.A. in Childhood Education and Literacy Specialist. This program equires a GPA of 3.0 along with “depth and breadth in the liberal arts and sciences.”
Teachers College, Columbia University offers an M.A. in English Education. It requires 24 credits in English across range of content areas and a high GPA.
Brookyn College, CUNY offers an M.S. in a variety of fields: Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, Childhood Education: Bilingual Extension, Childhood Education: Science and Environmental Education, Teachers of Students with Disabilities, Adolescence Education and Special Subjects, andSchool Counseling, School Psychology, and Educational Leadership. Requirements vary by each individual program, so it’s best to check directly with the College.
City College, CUNY offers an M.S. in Early Childhood or Childhood Education, and an M.A. in English Education. The program requires 24 credits in English courses (3.0 GPA) and a 2.75 GPA overall. Applicants must submit their LAST (Liberal Arts and Sciences Test of the NYSTCE) scores.
College of Staten Island, CUNY requires at least six approved credits each in English, history, mathematics, and science, and an overall GPA at or above 3.0. The Department of Education offers programs leading to the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Childhood Education, Adolescence Education, Special Education Childhood (1-6), Special Education Adolescence Generalist (7-12), and the Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate for Leadership in Education.
Hunter College, CUNY offers an M.A in Early Childhood or Childhood Education, and an M.A. in Adolescent English Education. The program requires 2.8 GPA , 24 credits of advanced English courses, 6 credits in language other than English, 6 credits in social studies, 3 credits in arts, and 12 credits in math and science.
NYU Steinhardt offers an M.A. in English Education (grades 7-12). The program requires 30 credits in college-level English courses.
Alumna Carla Scollo (2014) is currently a student in Hunter College’s graduate program in Education.
What is your job?
For students who want to teach English, I would recommend studying for the GRE ahead of time as most education courses are split by content area classes and education courses. For example, Hunter’s English Ed program is made up of the english department and education department and in order to get into the program, one of the requirements asks that you pass the English GRE.
I would recommend students to work or volunteer in after-school programs, babysitting, or tutoring. The more exposure one has in working with students, the less scary it will be to navigate a public school classroom.